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Lyrics: Three Ravens (and a Silver Doe)

May 7, 2012

Three Ravens sitting on a branchNew words by Valeria-Johanna, to the tune of ‘The Three Ravens’ (traditional)

(You can listen to the song here.)

 

 

There were three ravens sat on a tree,
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
There were three ravens sat on a tree,
With a down,
There were three ravens sat on a tree,
They were as black as they might be.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

The one of them said to his mate,
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
The one of them said to his mate,
With a down,
The one of them said to his mate,
‘Where shall we our breakfast take?’
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

‘Down in yonder ruined shack
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
‘Down in yonder ruined shack
With a down,
‘Down in yonder ruined shack
There lies a wizard all dressed in black.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

‘The serpent’s fangs they bit so deep,
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
‘The serpent’s fangs they bit so deep,
With a down,
‘The serpent’s fangs they bit so deep,
And nothing now will break his sleep.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

‘His enemies and friends are gone:
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
‘His enemies and friends are gone:
With a down,
‘His enemies and friends are gone:
His body lies there all alone.’
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

Down there came a silver doe
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
Down there came a silver doe
With a down,
Down there came a silver doe
Who stepped as light as she might go.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

She bent and kissed his bloody throat:
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
She bent and kissed his bloody throat:
With a down,
She bent and kissed his bloody throat:
Like moonlight shone her silver coat.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

She stayed beside him till the day
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
She stayed beside him till the day
With a down,
She stayed beside him till the day
And kept those ravens far away.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

And when they came to bring him home
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
And when they came to bring him home
With a down,
And when they came to bring him home
The doe just like a dream was gone.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

Just pray such love we all may know
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
Just pray such love we all may know
With a down,
Just pray such love we all may know
As the wizard’s for his silver doe.
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

Silver Doe vignette

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